Postdoctoral Fellow

Updated: August 14, 2018
Job ID: 213647
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support research on immune cell migration during tissue repair, infection and inflammatory processes in the laboratory of Dr. Jeremy Rotty in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and conducting experiments, successfully completing ongoing research projects and guiding and training other research personnel in the laboratory. The individual will present at least yearly in the departmental seminar series and to peers in the field in national and international conferences. It is expected that the successful candidate will present regularly at lab meetings, help maintain a positive, productive and professional work environment, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals based on data generated from their research projects. 


1.  Design and perform experiments towards completion of the specific research aims of the ongoing projects and the overall goal of the laboratory.  Carry out rigorous analysis of the data derived from the experiments, make intelligent observation and meaningful interpretation of the analysis.

2. Maintain mouse colony, care for actively breeding mice, and conduct mouse experiments expeditiously. Also expected to keep detailed records on mouse usage.

3. Stay current on all relevant research topics from the literature.

4.  Prepare technical reports, develop new laboratory protocols and research summaries.

5.  Maintain clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.

6.  Perform data entry for research projects and maintain appropriate databases.

7.  Maintain laboratory solutions, chemicals and lab supplies, participate in ordering supplies in collaboration with the rest of the Rotty lab.

8.  Provide guidance to junior lab members with respect to learning new laboratory techniques, trouble-shooting experiments and general questions about University regulations.

9.  Maintain compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. 

10.  Provide leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.

11.  Provide quality control, troubleshooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.

12.  Maintain supplies in the laboratory and keep the laboratory area neat and clean.

13.  Interface between the laboratory and other collaborators at the University.

14.  Interface between the Department and the laboratory, help organize shared equipment and space.

15. Actively participate in departmental and institutional seminars, journal clubs, and meetings.

16.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to perform basic biochemical assays including (but not limited to) protein preparation, western blotting and immunoprecipitation
  2. Working knowledge of mouse husbandry and colony maintenance, and a willingness to use mouse as a model system for imaging
  3. Skill in use of confocal, TIRF and epifluorescent microscopes. Experience with multiphoton or intravital imaging is a plus.
  4. Good sterile lab technique for bacterial and cell culture
  5. Experience conducting mammalian cell culture
  6. Ability to conduct transient transfection and stable transduction of cultured and primary cells
  7. Standard cellular immunofluorescence assays and histological staining of in vivo samples
  8. Ability to perform molecular biological techniques, including PCR-based genotyping, cloning and sub-cloning

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Doctoral degree

Minimum Experience:  5+ years of laboratory research experience

Physical Capabilities:  long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals

Work Environment:  laboratory environment

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.